Menu of Offerings

Interested in having Paula and IW hold a training, workshop or presentation at your location? Great! We would love to! Below you will find a menu of current offerings.  Continuing Education Credits can be offered to Pennsylvania Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers.

Please contact us:  Paula will be happy to answer any questions and to help you find the best workshop for you!

To see a schedule of our currently scheduled events, please visit our Trainings and Workshops page for more info!


Mindfulness Made Accessible

One hour – didactic presentation with option to participate in practicum throughout the session.

Helpful for:  General Public (teens and up); Mental Health Professionals; People in Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Trauma Recovery; Workplace Wellness Programs

Discover simple skills to nurture contentment, gratitude, connection and joy.  Paula will introduce practices you can make your own, that will allow you to manage stress, honor powerful emotions, and achieve mental clarity.

 

PTSD and the Spectrum of Trauma

One hour or one and a half hours  – didactic presentation with Q&A time.  An additional half hour is offered for time to engage in guided grounding practices.  This option will be enriching for any audience, and is especially recommended for general public and people in mh/sa/trauma recovery, who may find that the information brings up aspects of their own trauma, and may not yet have these self-care practices available to them for use after the presentation.

Helpful for:  General Public (teens and up); Mental Health Professionals; People in Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Trauma Recovery; Workplace Wellness Programs

  • Gain knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma
  • Understand the key elements of trauma recovery.
  • Identify basic strategies and resources to support your own, or another’s, trauma recovery.

 

Music and Movement for Mental Wellness

One hour or one and a half hours  – didactic and practicum session, customized to audience.

Helpful for:  General Public (pre-teens; teens and up); Mental Health Professionals; People in Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Trauma Recovery; Workplace Wellness Programs

This is a fun workshop for people who are interested in exploring music and movement/dance as a way to let go of stress and elevate the mood. No dance moves required – no choreography – no workout – no judgment! You will be encouraged to move (or not move – opting out at any point is always an option) in ways that feel authentic to you, to let go of self-consciousness, and just have great time!

Music and movement offer an alternative to traditional seated meditation.  Practitioners of mindful dancing report increases in confidence, and improvements in mood, body image, and social interactions.  People who have been impacted by trauma report that mindful movement to music fosters the ability to pendulate between states of intense emotional experience and states of self-soothing, is helpful in processing issues of shame and abuse, and fosters improved attachment experiences.  

 

Yoga is Good for Every Body!

One hour (can be abbreviated to 45, 30 or 20 minutes for certain settings/audiences)

Helpful for:  General Public (pre-teens; teens and up); Mental Health Professionals; People in Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Trauma Recovery; Workplace Wellness Programs

Yoga is Good for Every Body!  The body, mind and emotions are connected with each other, and are all impacted by stress.  This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn some simple techniques that anyone can do to release tension, soothe your nervous system, and calm your mind.

 

Yoga for Trauma – a Survivor’s Perspective

Two hours or three hours

Two hours:  Didactic, with option to participate in brief practices taught throughout session.

Three hours:  Didactic with Q&A/Discussion time, and option to participate in practices.

Helpful for:  Mental Health Professionals and Yoga Teachers

As a trauma survivor, Paula discovered yoga to be instrumental in her own recovery, because it addressed debilitating factors that were not improved by talk therapy and medication.  You will learn skills to assess for and treat trauma without your client having to talk about, or even report, the trauma until they have developed the resilience and readiness to do so.  You will also gain some simple yet powerful skills to protect yourself from secondary trauma.

Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma.
  • Understand what makes yoga and mindfulness vital tools in trauma recovery.
  • Increase ability to recognize and respond to signs of trauma, hyper- and hypo-arousal in our clients.
  • Learn basic yoga and mindfulness skills to incorporate into your sessions and your own self care practices.
  • Learn factors causing potential harm to clients attending classes taught by improperly or inadequately trained yoga instructors.  
  • Gain knowledge of how to recommend clients to appropriate yoga studios and private yoga teachers/yoga therapists.

Learn more about Yoga for Trauma – A Survivor’s Perspective

Trauma Foundations/Ahimsa

Ahimsa (Sanskrit for non-harming, or non-violence) is a 5 hour training (break times not included); Trauma Foundations is a 10 hour training that includes Ahimsa as its first day.

Helpful for: Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Professionals

Objectives:

Day 1 (Ahimsa)

  • Gain knowledge of the manifestation, causes, and pervasiveness of trauma
  • Understand what makes yoga a vital tool in trauma recovery
  • Gain awareness to recognize and respond to nonverbal signs of trauma in our therapy clients/yoga students
  • Apply the basics of skillful intervention when a client or student is triggered  
  • Understand the key elements to offering trauma-informed yoga instruction and psychotherapy

Day 2 (optional, highly recommended per participant feedback):

  • Learn best practices for referral and collaboration between mental health professionals and yoga teachers.
  • Learn profession-specific skills to implement in your work
  • Q&A
  • Learn best practices for collaboration between organizations that serve traumatized populations such as veterans, first responders, at-risk youth, and abuse survivors, and yoga teachers who wish to work with these populations

Learn more about Trauma Foundations